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as the comedian stephen colbert brought his fictionalized late-night tv character to an actual congressional hearing where he had been invited to testify about a single day he spent on a farm courtesy of the farm workers union. he was hardly the first celebrity to testify before congress, but nobody had seen anything quite like this before, and there's never been a climate quite like this one before. our white house correspondent savannah guthrie is here with us in our new york studios with more on this to start us off. >> reporter: as is customary in washington, colbert submitted prepared written remarking before his testimony, and they looked straightforward enough. when he sat down to testify, he went off script and into his comedy routine. and not everyone is laughing tonight. on capitol hill today, more evidence of why some americans think washington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert, was billed as an expert witness on farm labor. and testified in character. >> congresswoman asked me to share my vast experience, spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy to use my celebr
grayson? >>> and mr. colbert goes to washington. why stephen colbert is testifying before congress. and why the only thing we need is fear itself. he's there live this morning. >>> good morning, everyone. with colbert here, we need you at full strength. >> i feel a lot better than i look. i have jake tapper, just in case my voice gives out. jake is willing to help. >> put me in, coach. i'm ready. >> shove me out of the way. >> for a second, i thought he was too eager to jump in there. >>> let's get to the news this morning. the republican party pledge to america. they're unveiling it today. just six weeks before the midterm elections. spelling out exactly what they would do if they took control of congress. promising to shrink the size of government. get control of the deficit. we saw president obama lashing out at it already last night. and we'll have paul ryan here. the congressman. he's one of the party's rising stars. we'll talk about it in a couple minutes. >>> also this morning, we'll hear the chilling confession of one of the men accused in the brutal home invasion in connec
. >> funny man, serious message. sarcasm meets politics when stephen colbert he's the capitol hill. >>> and usually oprah winfrey hands out the big money prizes. today one of her guests outdoes all of oprah's gifts combined. >>> it is the ultimate urban race that combines brawn with brain. we'll have a preview. >>> and live in san jose, i can tell you if it is hot standing in the shade. you know we'll see a hot weekend around the bay area. temperature may get close to 100 degrees. you can expect for your plansnt is week, the seven-day forecast coming up. our state is in a real mess. and i'm not going to give you any phony plans or snappy slogans that don't go anywhere. we have to live within our means. we have got to take the power from the state capitol and move it down to the local level, closer to the people. and no new taxes, without voter approval. we have got to pull together not as republicans or as democrats but as californians first. at this stage in my life, i'm prepared to do exactly that. >>> no leniency for lindsay. she is back in jail put to bail. her lawyers are tryi
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